Environmental microbiology and biotechnology research group
Our research is focused on the response of microbial communities to anthropogenic and natural stressors in different environments. One of the main goals of our research is to determine the key microbial species and metabolic pathways responsible for the degradation of various hydrocarbon compounds of oil in different marine compartments (aerobic and anaerobic water, sediments and shoreline) of the Baltic Sea and Arctic marine environments. Besides, we conduct studies in the field of structural and functional adaptation of soil and plant microbiomes in response to climate and land-use change in subarctic and boreal ecosystems. We also study the structure and abundance of antibiotic resistome in different biotechnological applications. The phylogenetic diversity and functional potential of water, soil and plant-related microbial communities and the expression of the genes are assessed by amplicon sequencing, shotgun metagenomics and metatranscriptomics.
Marcos-Zambrano, L. J., Karaduzovic-Hadziabdic, K., Loncar Turukalo, T., Przymus, P., Trajkovik, V., Aasmets, O., … Truu, J. (2021). Applications of Machine Learning in Human Microbiome Studies: A Review on Feature Selection, Biomarker Identification, Disease Prediction and Treatment. Frontiers in Microbiology, Vol. 12, p. 313. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2021.634511
Tiirik, K., Nõlvak, H., Truu, M., Peeb, A., Kõiv-Vainik, M., & Truu, J. (2021). The Effect of the Effluent from a Small-Scale Conventional Wastewater Treatment Plant Treating Municipal Wastewater on the Composition and Abundance of the Microbial Community, Antibiotic Resistome, and Pathogens in the Sediment and Water of a Receiving Stream http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/w13060865
The Effect of the Effluent from a Small-Scale Conventional Wastewater Treatment Plant Treating Municipal Wastewater on the Composition and Abundance of the Microbial Community, Antibiotic Resistome, and Pathogens in the Sediment and Water of a Receiving Stream. Water, 13(6), 865. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13060865
Truu, M., Nõlvak, H., Ostonen, I., Oopkaup, K., Maddison, M., Ligi, T., … Truu, J. (2020). Soil bacterial and archaeal communities and their potential to perform N-cycling processes in soils of boreal forests growing on well-drained peat. Frontiers in Microbiology, 11, 3112. https://doi.org/10.3389/FMICB.2020.591358
Kanger, K., Guilford, N. G. H., Lee, H. W., Nesbø, C. L., Truu, J., & Edwards, E. A. (2020). Antibiotic resistome and microbial community structure during anaerobic co-digestion of food waste, paper and cardboard. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 96(2). https://doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiaa006
Jørgensen, K. S., Kreutzer, A., Lehtonen, K. K., Kankaanpää, H., Rytkönen, J., Wegeberg, S., … Wang, F. (2019). The EU Horizon 2020 project GRACE: integrated oil spill response actions and environmental effects. Environmental Sciences Europe, 31(1), 44. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12302-019-0227-8